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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 26, 2004 9:58am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 06/25/04!!

"On Guard" is a terrific film and like many I have downloaded, I haven't reviewed it because I thought the already posted reviews covered the essentials.

The IBM Corporation - oh, what shall I say . . . their support of government "projects" in Nazi Germany, their tremendous bureaucracy, their standardizing the personal computer by mistake . . . Well SAGE was IBM's masterpiece of military computing, and they could not help but brag about it in this film. Marvelous color. And . . .

The Display Scope!

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Poster: summerseve Date: Jun 26, 2004 11:16pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 06/25/04!!

That's my favorite bit--the display scope.
No folks, it's not like a television, showing you pictures from miles away, it's a screen that actually displays real data, right from the computer itself, as it's happening! Wow!
Someone once told me that most technological advances these days come from two places: the military and the porno industry...

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 27, 2004 6:30am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 06/25/04!!

Writer John C. Dvorak long ago noted that the porn industry has been one of the earliest adopters of tech - home movies, home video, PC's, online marketing . . . and some would say the miltary industrial complex is pornographic.

It is also interesting to note that SAGE was obsolete soon after it was deployed. It was designed to catch relatively slow moving bombers because the US felt the Soviets weren't capable of building an ICBM. So what were they looking at on their display scopes?
http://www.cyber-dyne.com/~snordby/displayscope.jpg

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Poster: summerseve Date: Jun 27, 2004 8:46am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: MOVIE OF THE WEEK! 06/25/04!!

Nice one Steve!
"It wasn't my fault Captain, it just popped up on my display scope..."